It was a good week for the Department of Information and Communications Technology and its mission to improve the nation’s broadband services. Not only did the restructuring of the Mislatel Consortium, the new third telecom provider, pass approval in the senate, but the department also received a P23.8 million grant from US Embassy to put towards the roll-out of broadband services.
There was more good news from the government. Three proposed bills that will amend the Foreign Investment Act, the Retail Liberalization Act of 2000, and the Public Service Act, and which intend to reduce restrictions on inbound foreign investment, received a warm reception from the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines. The flexible work arrangements bill that aims to formalize regulation of remote working also passed its second reading in the senate. Even the controversial TRABAHO bill, with its provision to support training, has received the acceptance of the Nordic IT-BPO sector, according to the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.